Goffstown superintendent proves to be speediest in speedway bus race
Goffstown Superintendent Brian Balke navigates the course while racing a school bus during the 2014 Race to Benefit Education at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
But a $10,000 prize for the winning school district was at stake in Tuesday’s winner-takes-all race.
“We made the course almost impossibly difficult so the superintendents would appreciate the challenges faced by their bus drivers every day,” said speedway spokesman Scott Spradling.
Derry Superintendent Laura Nelson, the only woman driver, said she had never driven a school bus before. Many of the other superintendents said they had practiced for several hours in their buses on school parking lots.
“I’m a confident driver, and I did my best.”
Nelson said she would have used the prize money to buy new books and notebook computers for her district. Exeter’s Morgan said his prize money would have gone to a district program called “End 68 Hours of Hunger.” Londonderry Superintendent Nate Greenberg said the money would have bought tablet computers at his school.
Towne may have been an underdog because the schools were required to bring their own buses.
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